Walk-In Camera Obscura

Team GiBBS

A camera obscura is darkened enclosure, in our case a giant box, with a hole on one side. Light from outside of the box passes through the hole and strikes the opposite wall inside of the box. The result is a beautiful live projection of the outside world inside of the camera obscura! The earliest records of a camera obscura date back to the time of Aristotle (350 B.C.) where he used an obscura to observe the sun during a partial solar eclipse. The principles behind the camera obscura eventually led to the first known theory of optics and the development of the camera. As cinematographers, photographers, and artists we wanted to build the Camera Obscura out of respect for one of oldest forms of image technology in a way that hasn't been seen by Grand Rapids before!

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 8'
  • Medium: Wood work/ carpentry
  • Width: 6'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 10'

About Team GiBBS

The Camera Obscura was a collaborative effort. Out team is made up of passionate filmmakers, photographers, and one very talented and patient carpenter. We have a great appreciation for art and, living around Grand Rapids, have always had a special interest in ArtPrize. We are excited about our entry for ArtPrize 2014!